Things We Like: Nintendo’s Gunpei Yokoi and “The Abominable Dr. Phibes”
Monkey Goggles Klassics: “Nintendo’s Backroom Genius: Gung-ho for Gunpei Yokoi” by Gregory Peduto
From December 16, 2009: “If humanity could reclaim the lost hours stolen away by the inventions of Gunpei Yokoi, we could cure swine flu, end global warming and balance the budget. In three decades, this Japanese Thomas Edison transformed the bankrupt Nintendo playing card company into a multi-billion dollar titan and the bane of teachers everywhere. He was the man with golden thumbs, attributing his successes to the phrase, ‘Lateral thinking of withered technology.’ What the inventor meant was that he harnessed old, inexpensive materials in innovative ways. ” Read the rest here!
If there’s one film out there that doesn’t get enough credit for its influence on modern stories and movies, it’s “The Abominable Dr. Phibes!” Dr. Phibes’ wife didn’t survive an operation, so it’s up to Dr. Phibes to murder all of the doctors who failed. And because Dr. Phibes is an eccentric man (to say the least), he has a creative way of killing each of the doctors based on the nine Biblical plagues, which include hail, bats, bees, and frogs.
If you like “Seven,” “V for Vendetta” or the “Saw” movies, you should see this. It’s not as dark as any of those, but one can see where the ideas that seem very original had to originate from. One should just watch this for its aesthetics. There’s a beautiful costume ball with some of the bests animal masks ever, and Dr. Phibes lives in an elaborately colorful lair with his own animatronic band. – Marc “Swellzombie” Palm